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[FEBRUARY 7 UPDATE: Due to inclement weather in the northeast preventing travel, this event has been canceled]

Cooperating School Districts will host Dr. Bob Schwartz of the Harvard Graduate School of Education as he discusses Missouri’s participation in the national Pathways to Prosperity Network on February 8 from 8:30 to 10:30 am. The Pathways to Prosperity Network is a joint initiative of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Jobs for the Future, a Boston-based workforce development intermediary. Also on hand next Friday will be Ursula Renold, a visiting fellow from Switzerland who served as the Director of the Swiss Federal Office for Professional Education. She will introduce participants to the Swiss model for career education.

Superintendents or their representatives
are encouraged to attend, as are Deans from the Schools of Education from metropolitan area
community colleges, colleges and universities.

The Network was created to help states build a system of career pathways that enable all young people to successfully transition from high school through a post-secondary credential of high skills and family-supporting careers.

Each participating state will build career pathways aligned with high-growth sectors of the regional economy that combine rigorous academics with powerful technical education. Initial industry areas of focus for Missouri include those with high workforce demand in St. Louis and statewide. They include healthcare, biotech/plant science/agriculture and finance/information technology.

The Pathways to Prosperity framework includes the following elements:

  • Employers committed to providing learning opportunities at the workplace and supporting the transition of young people into the labor market.
  • Career pathways with clear structures, timelines, costs, and requirements linking and integrating high school and community college curriculum and aligning both with labor market needs.
  • An early and sustained career information and advising system strong enough to enable students and families to make informed choices about educational career paths.
  • Local or regional intermediary organizations to provide the infrastructure and support for the development of such pathways.

In Missouri, the Pathways work is being led by Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro and Sharon Hoge Helwig, Assistant Commissioner of College and Career Readiness. The Steering Committee is co-chaired by Kelvin Adams, Superintendent of the St. Louis Public Schools, and June Fowler, Vice President of Corporate and Public Communication for BJC HealthCare. The Riven Company is serving as project manager. Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis is serving as the regional intermediary and fiscal agent. RSVPs for this event should go to CSD.

More information about the Network and a link to Pathways to Prosperity:  Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century, the report that led to the formation of the Network, can be found here: http://www.jff.org/projects/current/education/pathways-prosperity-network/1438.